BEACONVIEW FISHERY , 9TH SEPT 2012
Well it soon came round our last club match of the year, arrived at the venue at 8 and was the first one here and as I started un packing the car I got a text message and started wondering who wouldn’t be attending the match today!!!
As it turned out it was martin which was a surprise because I thought he would enjoy catching big carp on the pellet wag but the beer monster made him feel rough. After taking my gear to the pond and having a quick look round it looked pretty calm although the far bank was packed with carp guys and I could see a few arguments with them casting over half way !!
When I got back to the car park majority of the anglers had arrived so I started taking the pools and giving out the end of season fliers showing where everyone had finished in there divisions and how much they had caught in each match. Today was supposed to be a fun team match but with the amount of people dropping out it was going to be hard to sort out, in the end we were 5 people down so just decided to have a normal match with three sections and one winner it didn’t go down too well as people were looking forward but there wasn’t much I could do about it.
The last peg in the bag which was to be my home for the day would be peg 14 and it turned out to be only a few pegs away from were I fished on Thursday so was well pleased and had been looking forward to this match since last week, I had tony for company today but he wasn’t in the best frame of mind to fish with Aidys dad taking a turn for the worse, the person who taught him to fish.
After my usual walk round the pond making sure everyone was happy I got to my peg and set up in record time for me
4m pole line for paste on top off the near shelf which was 6ft deep near a tree
2 up in the water rigs 1 for slapping 1ft deep 1 for on the drop 3ft deep in 10 ft of water, both rigs were 18 hook to 6lb line with banded pellet on the hook.
1 rig for silvers in case the carp didn’t want to feed
my bait was pretty simple, half pint caster and two pints of 6mm hard pellets.
Just before all in Mick came and asked if we could fish 6hrs with it being our last match so after a quick chat with everyone that’s what we did !! When the whistle went at ten I started on my 11m line up in the water feeding 4 pellets every 30 seconds I did this for the first hour but with only 2 silvers to show for it, there was plenty bubbles coming of the deck so hastily set up a deep rig and tried that but still no joy,
Paul was catching on his semi floating pole fishing 16m and banded pellet 1ft deep, not what I call fishing but each to his own!!! I tried my paste rig for 30 mins without even a liner, so it wasn’t looking good for me I couldn’t see majority of the lake but word was that joey and his apprentice alan were catching on the pellet wag and with them both in my section I doubt any money would be coming my way today.
In the third hour I decided to try and catch any fish I could so went on my caster shallow rig and started catching a few nice roach and skimmers up to 10oz after 40 mins I had about 9lb in the net and I noticed a carp like swirl round my loose fed casters, so quick as a flash I changed to by banded pellet rig and first drop in at 13m I hooked my first carp and after a short fight had a 5lb mirror in the net, it didn’t go down to well with a couple of anglers and I could here moaning from 8 pegs away because some were really struggling although Paul on his left was putting the odd carp in the net.
With 2 hours to go I decided to sit it out for the carp I still fed caster but added pellets to it, the wind changed direction and started blowing into my peg which brought the carp my way I added another four carp upto 6lb and was thinking I might have a chance of catching Joey for the section !!!
In the last 40 mins the wind dropped and the carp vanished not what I wanted but I did manage 1 more before the all out. After packing up we started the weigh in and it had fished well for the majority of people, I was only 3 carp from getting 3rd but my last carp meant I had just pipped Paul for 3rd place.
1st Alan 76lb on pellet wag
2nd Joey 56lb on pellet wag
3rd me 39lb on pole with hard pellet
Section a dave 29lb
Section b joey 56lb
Section c Richard 13lb
Well I’m glad its all over because it has been hard work running the club and I hope next year will be easier, I ended up with 4 3rds and 6 top 6 finishes but 4 lousy matches and two were from good pegs cost me any chance off going up to the top division.
Joey won division 1
Paul won division 2
Shaun won div 3 and overall club angler.
My plans to improve my fishing are more pellet wag and method feeder which I don’t do a lot of and could improve my overall fishing because big lakes are not my cup off tea.